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  •  This is important stuff (3+ / 0-)
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    docstymie, oxley, Boxer7

    and highly relevant today. Just imagine the policy battles between Daily Kos/Huffington Post/Open Left and Free Republic/Red State. Nothing would get done.

    The Framers and the three authors of the Federalist Papers certainly had experience with the New England style town meetings. In that context, a majority dedicated to a harmful policy will prevail to the detriment of the rest of the community.

    Did republicanism erase that problem? Not entirely, but it helped. One only needs to look at the struggle for civil rights in Congress in the 1950s and 1960s.

    There a need for the passions of the the factions to have an outlet and there is a need for a moderating force to ensure that the worst passions of the day are not actively detrimental to the republic.

    As a sneak preview: later Federalist Papers will argue that the bicameral legislature solves that dilemma. (Of course, I have my doubts that the current batch of minority party Senators really have the best interests of the country in mind.)

    Rest in Peace, Stephen T. Johns.

    by Casual Wednesday on Wed Jun 17, 2009 at 12:22:24 PM PDT

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